Last week on Wednesday the Citizenship Committee had the privilege of meeting Rebecca from Pegi Williams Book Shop.
She was here to introduce us to a wide range of new bestselling books. These varied from children’s books, to senior fiction and to non-fiction books. We chose a large stack of books to add to our selection in the school library.
By Avani and Michaela
On Friday of Week 2 we took 35 students to Belair National Park to compete in our Sapsasa District Cross Country Carnival, with students running through bush tracks for 2-3km. Students have been training before school since half way through Term 1 and the hard work paid off with Mitcham having the best results in the district with 12 students making it into the district team to compete at the State Cross Country Championships in Week 7.
Congratulations to all students who competed hard for but especially to the following students who made the district team by finishing 1st to 6th in their race:
2nd George M
3rd Joseph C
1st Annabelle F
3rd Bethany D
6th Charlotte M
1st Aleks B
2nd Hugo S
6th Hugo C
5th Claire D
6th Mia M
5th Luciann TS
6th Chelsea B.
One of the most anticipated nights of the school calendar is coming...
Don't forget to save the date and book the babysitters for the MPS Quiz Night 2021 on Saturday 18th September.
We will be appealing to our Mitcham Community and local businesses for donations for our silent auction, raffle and prizes so if you know of a business that may be able to help us, please feel free to contact the fundraising committee via the school on 8271 2227 or email email@example.com More details will be coming soon!
The School of Languages is a government school that provides access, choice and continuity in a range of Languages, across the broader metropolitan area, to students from all schooling sectors, out-of-school hours.
Places are now available, beginning in Term 3 (19th July 2021), for the R-7 Italian program we offer at Burnside PS (11 High St, Burnside) on Mondays from 3.30-5.00pm. See attached flyer.
On Tuesday, NAPLAN testing began for our Year 3, 5 and 7 students. During this week and next, they will be participating in tests for writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. Apart from Year 3 writing, all of our NAPLAN tests are being conducted online.
We encourage parents and students to view NAPLAN as just one of the many different types of activities we do at school - it shouldn’t be a stressful time and does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. It is one way we gather information about how education programs are working and whether our students are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
The online testing is progressing very smoothly at our school, with only a few minor technology issues which we have been able to resolve quickly in each instance.
Students who are absent on their scheduled testing days will be offered catch up sessions upon their return. All testing will be completed by next Friday.
Thank you to all the families who purchased gifts from this year's Mother's Day Stall. The students were very careful when trying to select your special Mother's Day gifts. We hope you loved them!
Thanks to the Year 6 and 7 leaders and amazing mums who were able to help out with planning, setting up and serving on the day of the stall. We hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day celebration on Sunday.
Two of our Link students, Tom Mattinson and Ryan Day participated in the National Track and Field competition on the 19th of April at Sydney Olympic Park.
The boys competed in the National Under 15 Race Running event which was the first time Athletics Australia has held this event. The field was strong with 3 competitors from QLD, 1 from NSW (Current 5 World Record Holder) and 2 from SA. Thomas came first place and Ryan came 5th overall. This sport will be included in the 2024 Paris Paralympics. Congratulations boys - we are all proud of you.
Please find below upcoming important dates and school events to record in your diary.
|Friday 21st May||Last day for Year 6 & 7 Transition submissions|
|Monday 17th May - Friday 21st May||NAPLAN continues|
|Wednesday 19th May||Be Fit to Sit Parent Workshop - 6.30pm|
|Monday 24th May||Pupil Free Day|
|Monday 14th June||Queen's Birthday public holiday|
|Friday 2nd July||Last day of Term 2 - Early dismissal 2.15pm|
Citizenship Committee in the Library
This year the Citizenship Committee is helping in the library on a regular basis. The Committee consists of year 6 and 7 students: Avani, Michaela, Mary, Izzy and Lilly.
The Committee will be:
- Helping with the Scholastic Book club orders and deliveries;
- Purchasing books for the library with book club rewards;
- Meeting with book retailers to hear about new books and choose some for the library; and
- Promoting the Premiers Reading Challenge.
National Simultaneous Storytime
Next Wednesday a number of our classes are participating in National Simultaneous Storytime. This event is held annually around Australia and the world. Last year there were 129700 children reading the same book simultaneously. This year the book is being read by astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station!
To help celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime the library is holding a competition with a number of prizes to be won. To enter students need to colour in, design or draw a rocket or spaceship. Entries close Wednesday Week 5 and winners will be announced on the Friday.
Yours in reading,
Sophie and Nicole